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Samba rooms at Rio

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by addicted, May 15, 2013.

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  1. addicted

    addicted Low-Roller

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    I can get regular rooms comped at Rio, but they want $99/night to upgrade to the Samba Studio Suite. Their site says they're newly renovated but they're only 600 sq ft...

    What are the odds I can get a better deal at check in?
     
  2. leo21

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    They look cool but I haven't seen or heard anything that would justify $99/night more for them, even assuming that is a room with a view. They are remodeled standard rooms. Chances are you may be able to get a better offer at check in.
     
  3. yojimbo1

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    I stayed in a samba suite last week.....it's basically a renovated room....new carpet/furniture, flat screen TV

    I got mine with the $20 trick.......definitely not worth $99/night
     
  4. breanna61

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    I would try tipping at check in. Take photos please if you get one; I almost booked Rio for my upcoming trip to see the new rooms.:eek:
     
  5. waverunner

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    I just got back from Rio about 2 hours ago. My room for the week was comped. I was considering upgrading to a Samba, but upon further review i upgraded to a Premium Suite in the Ipinema Tower. I used the sandwich and got the 8th floor with a panoramic strip view and a view close enough to the pool to watch the Rio girls in bikini's dancing to the DJ. at the Adult pool.
    I will do a trip report sometime Sat. But my room #835, comped, but the lovely young lady gladly accepted my $20.
    $99.........say what?
     
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    "Samba Suites"

    Which tower are the Samba suites in?
     
  7. leo21

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    So far the Masquerade Tower.
     
  8. Hash

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    I just booked a Samba Suite Strip View room and it was exactly the same cost as the Premium Strip room. I'm not going to be there until late September but I too have run into the same problem. I can't find a video or anything on the room unfortunately. To my knowledge the deluxe suites and the premium suites were all 600 sq feet. I've stayed at the Rio multiple times but these rooms did not exist since I've last been. I know the bathrooms are vastly upgraded and the upgrades they have made to the main area of the room, looks great.

    edit: Just confirmed on the Rio Website that everything but the Masquerade and Cariocas Suites are 600sq Feet.
     
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    The Samba Suite is the same size as the deluxe and premium. The Samba is in the Masquarade Tower, but in all honesty, the Premium in the Ipinema Tower is much better if you want a full Strip view. The Masquarade Tower faces the Strip differently than the Ipinema. My room was a Premium with a Strip view. I had a view from Wynn all the way south to South Point. The Strip view in the Masquarade Tower, for the most part, encompasses a partial Strip view. Also, the Premium i had, was spotless, had a big flat screen TV, the fridge kept my drinks cold, the sofa seemed brand new etc. I saw the Samba Suite and the Premium Suite but the main difference is Ipinema vs Masquarade Towers. The Ipinema is close to the pool, walking off the elevator you immediately enter the Starbucks and the Rio gift shop/booze/soft drinks/snacks store, as well as the dining areas and the Rio shuttle.
     
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    I had to pay the 10 bucks for early check in but it was like a little before noon so gladly paid that. But I got a large suite room that was a total remodel. Everything new. Was outstanding and I did not have to ask for it or do a 20 trick. Yes it was a comp room for the week.
     
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    Thanks for the great info. I was about to book a comped Samba suite for the end of July but decided to book the premium instead.:thumbsup:
     
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    Is the Samba Suite the only one comped? I had the standard deluxe suite
    comped but upgraded to a Premium Strip/Pool view in Ipinema for the $20 sandwich. If you booked the Premium already are you paying extra? For me the $20 tip upgrade from the standard deluxe suite to Premium with a Strip/Pool in the Ipinema Tower was well worth it. But i hope the Premium is also comped, otherwise keep the comped room then upgrade using the sandwich in the Ipinema. You don't need to "pay" for a Premium Suite, just do the tip and ask for a Premium with Strip view for $20. I only stay in comped rooms but upgrade at the front desk.
     
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    I had deluxe, premium, and Samba rooms available for free (except for the resort fee of course).
     
  14. SandsFan

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    I have all three types comped and $18 resort fee waived.
     
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    OK, great. I would take the comped Premium Suite and make sure you have a full Strip view like i had. I had room # 835, with sounds kind of low, but the 8th floor in Ipinema is actually higher because it's above the Pool Bar/Gift Shop etc. I have pics of the view and if i figure out how to post them in here i will.
     
  16. wpete

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    How did you get the resort fee waived?
     
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    You can get the fee waived my being Platinum or above. Also, you can get the new TR Visa card which will automatically upgrade you to Platinum.
     
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    I haven't stayed at a CET property since they implemented resort fees; do they not waive them for all comped rooms like other properties? Wynncore, Cosmo, Trop and Palms always waive the resort fees on my comped rooms so I thought CET would do the same. I stayed at Caesars comped in December (before resort fees but after they came out with early check in fee); I checked in at 10am and they waived the early check in because the room was comped.
     
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    No they only waive them for Platinum and above. It does seem harsh compared to other places but waiving fees on comped rooms is not the official policy at every other hotel. Some are pretty squishy about it and are probably looking for a way to charge fees on comped rooms but are afraid of irritating their higher rollers.
     
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